This exhibition gathers a new series of pastel drawings and oil paintings by local artist and art education specialist Jacqueline Roch. Her landscapes are inspired by Florida’s 11 national parks, and for this exhibition by the poetry of Coral Gables’ founder, George Merrick in the book “Song of the Wind in a Southern Shore”. A lover of haiku poetry, Roch recently began creating original haiku titles for her larger works. With the discovery of Merrick’s book, his words offer the theme to this new body of work wind songs. these pieces are small moments where the wind and its effect on light, color and scene becomes the common thread.
“The unique Florida landscape, flora and tropical flavor inspires my artwork. Raised on Miami Beach, I have always been very aware of my natural surroundings – relating forms within nature, subtle changes in light and color, and the ever-changing skies. On a daily basis, we are bombarded with stories of violence and despair that seem to plague our communities. By capturing solitary spaces and the subtleties of our distinct environment, my pastel paintings transcend the viewer from a hectic existence to a more peaceful place. My pastels bring a close-up view of what is often overlooked and taken for granted.”
Roch has received numerous awards, accolades and recognition for her work including: 1st Place at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival (twice) and at the Beaux Arts Festival, Lowe Art Museum. She is the only artist to have received repeated honorable mentions for five consecutive years with the National Pastel Journal 100 and is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America.
*The Caribbee Club is a shared initiative between the Coral Gables Museum and Books & Books through the Museum Gift Shop to feature local artists who focus on local themes. The name “Caribbee Club” derives from Coral Gables’ founder, George Merrick’s fishing resort called the Caribbee Colony in Matecumbe Key – the business venture he launched after he was forced out of his beloved city in the late 1920s. The aim of the Caribbee Club is to support the artistic vision of our local artists who keep alive important cultural elements on the city and its surroundings. Original works and prints by participating artists will be available for purchase in the Museum Gift Shop.
Frank Lynn Gallery